The owners of Galtres Lodge Hotel, a boutique hotel in York, have purchased The Old Deanery Hotel in Ripon, which was forced to close permanently during lockdown.
The Grade II listed building houses 11 bedrooms, gardens, and several public areas, which are due to be restored back to a country house that will be available for weddings and exclusive use events.
Rebecca Hill and Chris Layton, proprietors of Layton Hill Hotels Ltd and hoteliers behind York’s Galtres Lodge Hotel said they hope to “reinvigorate” the hotel before reopening it primarily as a wedding and events venue later in the year.
Hill said: “As we are still in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we plan on taking a cautious approach and start by opening primarily as a wedding and events venue. We plan to be available for winter weddings and Christmas parties this November/December and fully up-and-running as a wedding and events venue from spring 2022.
“We also hope to organise smaller public events, such as open days and afternoon tea parties, to keep The Old Deanery as open to the public as possible. We believe this approach will strike the perfect balance of being open enough to ensure we become a vital part of the community.”
She added: “Overall, we want The Old Deanery to be a jewel in Ripon’s crown and be “the place” to celebrate weddings, birthdays and Christenings. We are currently in the process of planning some informal open days to meet everyone, as getting to know our local community is of vital importance to us.”